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Durban - Futureproof will be building the skills of young prospective entrepreneurs at Haven Academy in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal, from next month.

Principal and co-founder Richard Lennox said Futureproof was the perfect addition to its curriculum.

“As a business studies teacher and entrepreneur myself, I believe it is vital that pupils learn skills beyond what is taught in the classroom. It is only through a tangible experience with real life that we can expect pupils to enter a constantly changing and challenging work environment”.

Futureproof offers practical programmes for pupils on the art of entrepreneurship in an effort to alleviate poverty and unemployment for the next generation.

It was founded by Lisa Illingworth, a former teacher and media personality who recognised the need for educating children on the practical application and art of entrepreneurship in order to create a generation of informed, thriving youths.

“Young adults in the 21st century are entering the working world equipped with knowledge and skills that are irrelevant for the workplace,” she said.

Driving the KwaZulu-Natal programme is Anthony Spanjaard.

He said teaching entrepreneurship skills to children and teenagers had numerous benefits.

“These skills are useful regardless of the future career choice of a teenager.

"To have teenagers start thinking about opportunity and learning entrepreneurial financial literacy (and other) skills at a young age adds valuable perspective which could form part of their internal thinking patterns and identity for years to come. FutureproofSA is arming kids with an additional set of skills above traditional education and bringing additional benefits which include increased self-confidence.”

The Mercury